School of Law

Chloe Payne

LLB Law |

Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background.

I was born in Sheffield and am the first of my family to attend university.

What motivated you to apply to study your chosen course and why did you choose Leeds?

I chose to study law at the University of Leeds because I have a real passion for helping others and a desire to pursue a challenging career through securing justice for those who deserve it. Leeds has a top-ranking law school with an array of facilities and activities which you can get involved in. An opportunity to add a European element to my law degree really attracted me to the University of Leeds. I was able to take part in a year of study abroad in Uppsala, Sweden, an experience which I will never forget. I’m also currently involved in the University of Leeds Justice Project which gives me the chance to get to grips with real life cases of miscarriages of justice and provide help to extremely vulnerable people.

What do you think of your course, have there been any particular highlights for you?

I’ve really enjoyed doing a law degree at the University of Leeds. A particular highlight for me was engaging in my year of study abroad in Uppsala, Sweden. The exchange opportunities are extremely good at the law school and I am very glad that I decided to engage in one. Another particular highlight was being awarded the Pamela Walsh Peaker Memorial Scholarship which involved an eight week internship at a non-commercial law firm in Leeds. This experience has proven extremely valuable to me and my career.

How would you describe the help and guidance provided by the staff within the School?

The help and guidance given by the staff in the Law school is excellent. All staff have flexible academic support hours and are always willing to speak with you outside of these hours if you have any worries or queries.

How would you describe the facilities at the University?

There are a variety of places to study at the University. The new Laidlaw library is well-equipped for independent as well as group study, which is a bonus. The skills workshops offered by the library services are really useful, especially for revision and dissertation preparation.

Since starting at the university have you been granted any scholarships, or won any awards for example?

I have been awarded the Pamela Walsh Peaker Memorial Award and Scholarship. The aim of this award was to allow those with a keen interest in the non-commercial legal sector to experience working within that area in a local Leeds law firm. This was an excellent opportunity and has proven extremely valuable for my career.

Have you had the opportunity to study abroad, or complete a year in industry? If so, please tell us about your experience.

I had the opportunity to study abroad as part of my degree. I studied in Uppsala, Sweden for the duration of a year and, upon passing, transformed my degree into a LLB English Law and European Law degree which now looks excellent on my CV. Although I felt quite apprehensive about applying and then preparing to jet off to Sweden, it has been one of the most valuable and memorable experiences of my life. I would highly recommend anyone with an interest in studying abroad to definitely apply and grab this opportunity with both hands. You receive excellent support from the study abroad office throughout your studies overseas and living in a different country with an alternative culture and way of life greatly improves your independence.

Have you been involved in extra-curricular activities, such as societies, summer placements etc?

I have been actively involved in the Justice Project at the University of Leeds law school which involves providing help to those who are alleging miscarriages of justice. I have really enjoyed being a part of the Project and have really appreciated getting to grips with real life cases. I also took part in the Pamela Walsh Peaker Memorial Awards eight week placement over the summer which has proven extremely beneficial. More generally, I have been an active member of the Leeds RAG society and have completed the Bike to Berlin Challenge which made a substantial contribution to the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust and its valuable research into testicular cancer. I am currently training for the National Three Peaks Challenge with the Leeds RAG Society which involves hiking up the three highest mountains in the UK such as Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon. I hope to complete this challenge in the summer of 2016. With the various clubs and societies on offer in the Leeds University Union, there are endless opportunities to continue your interests into university life.

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